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New ‘Vision Zero Action Plan’ Set for County Board Vote Next Week – Arlington, Texas



ARLINGTON, TX – County committee Take the first step Towards this ambitious goal in July 2019, the same year that Arlington recorded six fatal accidents, according to county data. The board of directors saidVision zeroA resolution that provided few details at the time. The second step was to draft a five-year action plan.

rear over 1 year Work by county officials and reviews by the advisory board, Final draft An overview of the Vision Zero Action Plan for the first five years, including the long-awaited details, will be reviewed by the county committee next Saturday (May 15).

This plan — notified by local crash data Public engagement Discuss with other Vision Zero communities — present a one-off, ongoing project aimed at improving public safety. These are due to the installation of automatic traffic control machines and the reduction of speed limits. Crash data dashboard Educate children about safety with the help of Arlington Public School.

If adopted, the plan will bring many changes that the locals will see and experience, Principal runner Christine Baker told the Arlington Transport Board in February.

She said these include enhanced intersections (shown below) and improved warning signs. Education program A message from the Arlington County Police Department.

“It will take some time for these improvements to be seen on all the streets in the county, but in the meantime, we will report on the progress of the program,” Baker said. “We are really excited to jump into this program.”

The county will update its website and email it with the latest information on “when it will be possible to recognize that Vision Zero is on the street.”

People may have seen some recent changes made in the spirit of Vision Zero: last year, the county Seeking a lower speed limit on the other hand Fine Along 11 mainly residential areas in Arlington.

The county committee also installed automatic speed cameras Legislative priority In the rally session of the 2021 General Assembly Fairer law enforcement that too Reduce public interaction With a police officer.

According to the action plan, there are 12 target areas to tackle, from pedestrian safety and intersections to drunkenness, inattentive driving and speeding.

Pedestrian safety is at greatest risk, according to county data. Pedestrian-related accidents account for 5% of all accidents, while one-quarter of serious accidents and more than half of fatal accidents involve pedestrians. Bicycles and motorcycles account for 2% and 1%, respectively.

The plan also cites data showing that collisions related to speed violations and diversions are more common than those related to alcohol, but nearly half of all fatal collisions are related to alcohol and half. The above happened at night.

Most nighttime alcohol-related incidents occurred in the northern part of the county, as shown in the figure below, but most bicycle and pedestrian-related accidents occurred along the Rothrin-Ballston Corridor and Pentagon City. And occurred in the Crystal City area.

The staff also said Arlington’s “High injury network, “Shown below.

The county has 555 miles of roads, but 78% of all serious or fatal accidents are concentrated in 7% of the road network. To launch, many of the county’s diverse and low-income communities live near this network and are doing more often.

The document has changed several times this spring in response to feedback from the Japan Transport Safety Board. Early on, members said they were worried that it wasn’t concrete enough.

At a meeting in February, Chair Chris Slat said he was disappointed with “how vague and inactive this action plan is,” adding that most of the actions are doing more research.

Member Chris Yarry said he needed documentation that linked action items to the root cause, such as how to design Arlington’s streets.

“Without a clear explanation of the problem, we could have looked into and confirmed these actions and couldn’t really solve the actual problem,” he said.

Baker replied that he was trying to avoid being overly normative, as it could prevent staff from tackling the actual problem.

“We didn’t want to hunt ourselves down saying we were going to do something very specific,” she said. “We are building a structure that is flexible and agile, and is the first to deal with the most serious crashes in the most vulnerable communities.”

The staff edited the documentation to make the action items clearer and center them in the front and center, Baker later told the committee, and it endorsed the change.

“There are still small concerns about tracking progress, but I think it’s a long way to go,” Slat said last month. “The most important thing we can do for you is to get started.”